maryDtiles

Mary D Tiles Porcelain

Ann Arbor, Michigan On Etsy since 2007

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maryDtiles

Mary D Tiles Porcelain

Ann Arbor, Michigan | 5,736 Sales

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Now! Half off and free shipping on my Made to Order dog designs (plus below cost shipping significant reductions on my mosaic tiles in stock ONLY). NOTE: Price shown is 1/2 off my regular price of $20 each.

Please note:
I cannot extend this deal to
obvious hoarder orders or resellers. If you are interested in wholesale, just ask me.

Thank you for being my customers for 20 years.

Porcelain by artist Mary Dixon of Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1992. High fired so they are good inside and outside, in showers, around fireplaces, anywhere! Free Shipping on all orders! Please allow up to 3 weeks for special orders. Note: While my home is not dog-hair free, I will not make things if I am sick and you will be first to know.

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Last updated on May 10, 2020

Stay Home Stay Safe—
Now! Half off and free shipping on my Made to Order dog designs (plus below cost shipping significant reductions on my mosaic tiles in stock ONLY). NOTE: Price shown is 1/2 off my regular price of $20 each.

Please note:
I cannot extend this deal to
obvious hoarder orders or resellers. If you are interested in wholesale, just ask me.

Thank you for being my customers for 20 years.

Porcelain by artist Mary Dixon of Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1992. High fired so they are good inside and outside, in showers, around fireplaces, anywhere! Free Shipping on all orders! Please allow up to 3 weeks for special orders. Note: While my home is not dog-hair free, I will not make things if I am sick and you will be first to know.

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About maryDtiles

Sales 5,736
On Etsy since 2007

Mary D's story

My ceramic and dog worlds are very interwoven!

In 1992, I started making animal pins of my own design, after being inspired by local cat jewelry artist Nancy Diamond.
I sold my cat designs at our Humane Society's holiday store, where I worked (I also worked in the shelter). Not long after, I added wild animals and dog breeds and then sold at dog shows for many years.

At the same time I ran my state's Australian Cattle Dog Rescue (1990-2004) and began showing in ACDs and Border Terriers.

In 2000, I learned how to make clay bas relief tiles from Frank Giorgini and Karim Motawi. I switched to porcelain not long after that.

In the mid-2000's I introduced the Wirehaired Portuguese Podengo Medio (and in 2012, the Kromfohrlander) to the AKC world.

My porcelain art works have shipped all over the world and are owned by some well known folks like Kat von D and Jill Wine Banks!

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  • Mary Dixon

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Lifelong artist Mary Dixon grew up in the city (Detroit) but now prefers country life. BFA Drawing with emphasis on graphic arts, lover of pop art and old new wave music.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 13, 2020
A lifelong artist, BFA/Illustration & Graphic Design, I have been working in a small studio workroom in the upstairs of our old Sears kit bungalow for 11 years. There is a good sized balcony off my workroom that overlooks my big dog yard and the 600 acre Pittsfield Preserve and spectacular, year-round sunsets.
In 1992 I originally made my animal jewelry from Friendly Plastic in my kitchen and those pieces became famous in the dog show world! But I always dreamed of making them of ceramic and in 2001, I traded the cheap, fragile Friendly Plastic for porcelain.
I also use a high fired stoneware clay that is made in Michigan and used by many of my fellow Michigan tile artisans (MI and CA were the foundation states for modern artisan tiles).
In 1999, I started to teach myself how to make tiles with some supplemental advice from tile artisan and author Frank Giorgini and Motawi tileworks co-owner Karim Motawi. Two years later I was making my jewelry from porcelain clay. I am, at my core, an illustrator and this is reflected in my clay work. However, my specialty is whimsical style, because if the dog world needs something, it's humor.
My porcelain jewelry has been advertised in the magazines Dog Fancy, The Bark and trade magazine Pet Age and earned the elusive Pet Age Magazine Pinnacle Award winner in the gift category.
I have over 20 years retail and buyer experience from some of the most legendary businesses in my town of Ann Arbor (Middle Earth, Sam's Store, Blue Front, Zingerman's).
I have developed my own personal style of retail philosophy that includes elements from all of my experiences at these places. I keep in touch with customers readily and sometimes even let them into my world.

I put a lot of time, energy and love into my work and know you will appreciate the attention to detail and high quality of my original designs.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
My work is handmade, one at a time. Evidence of the handmade process is inherent to the work and add to its charm.
I do offer returns or exchange on any of my work if you are not satisfied. Simply return it (postage is your expense) and I will refund or replace (do not order my products if you are unhappy with handmade evidence).
If you are remotely tempted to put a neutral feedback (or negative) please return the item and I will refund your money. If you leave a neutral or abusive negative feedback even after I refund your money, then your name goes to the TOP of the blacklist!
Broken items in the mail? Send it back to me and I will make you a new one. Even though my work is tough, I know accidents happen. If you broke it and have the guts to tell me, I will make you a new one. Send the broken one back first.
Payment
I accept all credit cards via Paypal and will also accept non-rubbery checks in the mail. I reserve the right to refuse service to certain buyers (I've got a jerk blacklist like most longtime etsy sellers) per etsy's refusal of service policy: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/483.
Shipping
I use the United States Postal Service. No insurance (see below).
Additional policies and FAQs
Sometimes an order takes a bit longer than usual (4-5 weeks instead of 2-3 weeks) to make. This is because like most people, this is not my only job. This is also because I have some health issues (hip arthritis) that do slow me down sometimes. This is because I need more orders to fill my big kiln before firing. This is because I am unhappy with how the firing turned out and I have to re-make your piece (this is the one reason that should make YOU happy!). It is because I do not have air conditioning and in very hot weather I cannot fire my kiln during the day.
I make my work myself and provide excellent customer service to you.

If you need to tell me what you think of your purchase, I encourage you to use the message system instead of relying on the feedback/review system.
Wholesale customers must provide documentation of their business (NOT an ebay or flea market business) and must not undercut my own prices. In addition, it is common etsy courtesy to give credit where credit is due when using one seller's handmade products in a repurposed product.

PRIVACY POLICY:
I do not collect or use your information, though I do have access to what you have included in your etsy.com order and in undeleted messages. I do not share any customer information with anyone, anywhere (only photos of your work you have made with my tiles, with your permission).